First timer? In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.
Landing number 2135; A Landing A Day blog post number 563.
Dan: This is ridiculous. After a great run of USers, I’m backtracking fast, thanks to five OSers in a row, including . . . MN; 76/59; 4/10; 1; 147.7 (up from the record low Score of 145.8). Here’s my regional landing map:
My local landing map shows my proximity to Nerstrand and the nearby Big Woods:
My watershed analysis is pretty straightforward:
Prairie Creek (my 6th Prairie Creek); on to the Cannon River (first hit ever!); on to the MM (838th hit). Side note: six of my last nine landings have been in the Mississippi River watershed.
Here’s my trip from outer space to my landing, showing that I landed in a farm field (surprise, surprise):
Moving along to Nerstrand, from Wiki:
In 1856, Norwegian immigrant Osmund Osmundson moved to the area and homesteaded the present site of Nerstrand. In 1877, he built a store on what became the right-of-way for railroad tracks on what is now Main Street. In 1885, the Minnesota and North Western Railroad was constructed on the right-of-way [I assume forcing Mr. Osmundson to move or tear down his store]. Osmundson platted the town on the line, naming it after his hometown of Nedstrand in Tysvær, Norway.
The town was the center of a significant Norwegian immigrant community, which included people in the surrounding township and county.
The Nerstrand City Hall building [Wiki picture below] was built in 1907 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 along with the Osmund Osmundson House.
From LakesNWoods.org, here’s a Main Street shot of Nerstrand:
I can’t help but get the feeling that Nerstrand is very much a Garrison Keeler Prairie Home Companion type of town: where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average (and where there are plenty of Lutherans). To check, I Googled “Nerstrand MN churches,” and here’s the list (with four Lutheran Churches!):
Moving right along . . . I mentioned the Big Woods earlier. Here’s what Wiki has to say about the Big Woods State Park (actually rather interesting):
The town of Nerstrand was settled in the 1850s, though unlike most prairie farming communities they were fortunate to have a stand of trees nearby. Following a pattern of their European homeland, the adjacent forest was divided into woodlots, typically of 10 or 20 acres each, which the individual owners managed according to their own needs.
The timbers and planks for most of the area’s barns and houses were cut from old-growth oak present in the area that is now the park. Some lots were cleared for farming or grazing, but many were left as sustainable sources of firewood.
In the 1930s large lumber companies attempted to acquire the land for logging. However, the lots were divided among 169 owners, not all of whom even lived in Minnesota anymore, and buying enough land to log commercially proved to be so complicated that each company gave up.
And voila – we now have a patch of woods, although it’s really quite small:
It gives me pause. Way, way, way back in the day, this whole region was woods, woods & more woods . . .
Moving right along – I stumbled on the website for Nerstrand Meats & Catering (NerstrandMeats.com). They’ve been in business since 1890. Here’s a back-in-the day shot:
I saw a tab labeled “Meat Bundles.” Of course, I had to click. This is what I found:
These are suggested bundles and packs. They can be ordered as they are or you can make up your own order. You can use our product list to make your selection. All of our smoked meats and specialty foods are from recipes that have been passed down from our 120 years in the business. We know you’ll like our products as many of our loyal customers have for four generations.
Please allow 8 to 10 days for preparation of your order.
2 – Bologna Rings
2 lbs – Homemade Wieners
2 lbs – Smoked Country Sausage
1 lb – Smoked Cajun Sausage
1 lb – Smoked Cheddarwurst
1 lb – Homemade Thuringer
1 lb – Ham & Bacon Sausage
1 lb Mike beef Stix
1 Stick of Salsa Sausage
2½ lbs BBQ Country Style Ribs (Fully cooked and ready to eat!)
5 lbs – Fresh Ham Roast
3 lbs – Smoked Windsor Chops
3 lbs – Seasoned Pork Sausage
4 lbs – Lean Slab Bacon
4 lbs – Fresh Pork Chops
2 lbs – Bratwurst
2 lbs – Smoked Country Sausage
3 lbs – Shredded Pork
For the sake of brevity, I won’t include the contents of the Grill Bundle, the Beef Bundle, the Snack Pack Bundle, or the Variety Bundle. But if I lived within 50 miles of Nerstrand, I suspect I’d be a loyal customer . . .
With nothing much to write about, I figured I’d check out Nedstrand Norway, the hometown of Osmund Osmundson and the town after which he named Nerstrand. Wiki explains the change from Nerstrand to Nedstrand:
Nedstrand (2008 population 241) is a village in Rogaland county, Norway.
Nærstrand was established as a municipality in 1838 and was known as Hinderaa. In 1881 the name was changed to Nerstrand, and between 1910 and 1920 it was changed to Nedstrand.
Here’s a regional view showing Nedstrand’s location:
Zooming in quite a bit, it looks like a wonderful location with fjords galore:
Of course, I needed a GE look:
And while I was there, I of course checked out Street View coverage. Here’s a lovely waterfront shot:
And this one, capturing some boys about town:
Heading east of town, here’s a lovely fjordesque shot:
Too bad about the damn telephone pole!
Anyway, back to Minnesota. Here’s a Panoramio shot by Tensor08 of a local road just west of my landing:
I’ll close with this lovely waterfall shot, deep in the Big Woods (Pano by Jon Christianson):
That’ll do it.
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